Women in Film and Media Colorado (WIFMCO) is a volunteer-run, non-profit organization that actively provides networking, educational and social opportunities for women film and mediamakers in Colorado. We offer creative and professional support to our members through monthly events, panels and workshops, co-presentations, an annual short film showcase and an active online community. We work with film, television, and media organizations and businesses that unite, educate and empower women mediamakers. Whether you are just launching your professional career or you are an established professional in the field, WIFMCO is an invaluable social and professional network of Colorado women in film and media.
WIFMCO is an emerging chapter of Women in Film and Television International (WIFTI), a global network of women working in film, television and other media, dedicated to advancing the professional development and achievement of women in the entertainment industry. With over 10,000 members, WIFTI provides valuable resources to members ranging from grants to educational opportunities, networking and finishing funds.
My experience thus far has fulfilled and fueled my passion for working with women by bringing us together to learn, and laugh. As a member of the board, I can continue to co-organize panels, as well as capitalize on the synergy following events by talking with potential members, and also serve as a conduit between programming and marketing to assist with the timely delivery of marketing assets.
WIFMCO founding President Kathryn Gould is a writer and actor with a number of local and national credits. She has appeared on network TV, won several awards for her short films, and is currently working on two writing projects with Heitmann Entertainment in LA. Bringing a Women in Film chapter to Denver has been a long-time dream. Her website is www.kathryngould.com.
Sheila E. Schroeder, Ph.D. is a filmmaking professor at the University of Denver and a documentary and narrative writer, director, producer, cinematographer and editor. Her most recent project, a short narrative she co-wrote and produced called, Happy F-ing Valentine’s Day, is part of a new collaborative effort she started at the University of Denver called Project DU F.I.L.M. (Film Initiative Linking Mentors). Sheila runs an educational effort for the University Film and Video Association called, Project UFVA L.E.A.D.S. through which she and the organization advocate for marginalized media makers.
Courtney Potts is the program manager for the Colorado Office of Film, Television & Media. She received her B.A. from DePaul University in Chicago and majored in film studies and Italian. After careers in legal administration and accounting, Courtney began film editing and other post production freelancing in the Denver independent film community. In October 2012, Courtney joined the Office of Film which is based in Denver.
Trai Cartwright, MFA, is a 25-year entertainment industry veteran and creative writing specialist. While in Los Angeles, she was a screenwriter, independent film producer, and story consultant and development executive for HBO, Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios, New Lines Cinema, and 20th Century Fox. Trai currently teaches producing, and screenwriting for Colorado colleges, writers groups, conferences, and one-on-one as a development and copy editor. She is the screenwriter for Secret Ellington and Cheap Cabernet, two Colorado-based films. www.traicartwright.com
Charity is a genuine, dedicated professional who excels in content development and production management and in organizing and coordinating departments for effective, efficient execution of projects. She has Writing/Directing and Writing/Producing Certificates from The Colorado Film School and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre. She is the founder of Heart Cure Productions, an independent production company whose mission is to develop films, television, and web series that are filed with heart and are free from meanness and smallness of mind. The company focus is on producing content and telling stories featuring strong female characters and giving the everyday person striving to raise herself up a voice. Charity wants to inspire people to think and look at the world with open eyes and an open heart.
Prior to moving back to Denver in 2015, I was the Secretary on the Executive Committee of the Utah Women in Film group. I am an advocate for a stronger presence of women in the creation, production, and storyline representation within film and commercial production. Through my passion for this progression within film and media, I enjoy connecting with and supporting fellow filmmakers,but I am especially passionate about creating avenues for typically underrepresented filmmakers: specifically women in film and media.
Alicia, or ‘Lish’ currently works as a Marketing Director for a retail consulting firm in Denver. She is a Certified Direct and Integrated Marketing Professional, and is a member of the Colorado Business Marketing Association. More importantly, she has been an actress in Colorado her entire life. Performing in local theater and film productions when time allows. She attended the University of Northern Colorado where she received a BA in Journalism & Mass Communications and a minor in Theater History & Dance Performance. www.theactorsstudy.com
Chelsea Morgan is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and has worked for more than a decade in the film and television industries as an actress and a producer. Now a second-year doctoral student at CSU, her field of study is focused in communication with an emphasis in performance, marketing, social media, and strategic communication
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Tricia is a producer, videographer, filmmaker, and actress. She has worked on multiple Emmy Award winning live and taped weekly productions for PBS and Denver Ch. 8. After working in the private sector as an account manager for almost 10 years, she gave it all up to learn to do what she loves. She studied acting and went back to school for multimedia design and video while working as a studio tech in 2 simultaneous jobs, which lead her to become a producer and editor.
From the moment I stepped into the panel event in May, I knew I needed to give my time and energy to this outstanding group. I joined the programming committee in October to be a part of the dedicated women who help shape its present and future success. I feel it is important for women to have a comfortable and inclusive place to meet, network, and exchange ideas with others in their field.